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Chris Abele Announces $50,000 Marriage Equality Challenge Grant

Milwaukee County Executive and long-time advocate for the LGBT Community Chris Abele recently announced a challenge grant of $50,000 for Equality Wisconsin to work on marriage equality.

By - Dec 14th, 2012 01:55 pm

Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee County Executive and long-time advocate for the LGBT Community Chris Abele recently announced a challenge grant of $50,000 for Equality Wisconsin to work on marriage equality.

“I’m proud to support Equality Wisconsin in their effort to allow gay and lesbian couples to celebrate their love and commitment to each other,” Abele said. “I know Wisconsin is ready to embrace the idea of fidelity for everyone and allowing longtime partners to make a lifetime commitment to each other.”

The challenge grant means that all donations to the Equality Wisconsin Fund will be matched dollar for dollar until January 31st.  To contribute to the challenge visit the Equality Wisconsin’s website.

“Equality Wisconsin is humbled by the County Executive’s generosity,” said Jason Burns, the organizations Executive Director.  “We are excited to continue engaging Wisconsinites around the issue of marriage equality.  We are excited to start driving these conversations around equal right for all. A Minnesota study reported that 67% of people favor marriage equality after engaging in conversations around this issue. ”

A recent poll done by Marquette University showed that nearly 50% of Wisconsinites now favor marriage equality.  “I think we got a moment and I think we’ve got to take,” continued Abele who addressed a crowd of over 100 at Equality Wisconsin’s Holiday party.  “I believe Equality Wisconsin is the organization in the best position to address this issue.”

Equality Wisconsin Fund is a non-partisan 501(C)(3) organization.

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